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Hep C screening

We are contacting some patients to offer them a blood test for Hep C.

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that mainly affects the liver.  If left untreated, it can cause serious and permanent damage to the liver.  It often does not have any symptoms meaning it is possible to have the infection without knowing it.  However, with treatment it is usually possible to cure the infection.

Some patients may be at higher risk of this infection. Certain medical conditions, having had a blood transfusion before 1992 and being born outside of the UK are some of the factors that can make it more likely to have come into contact with this virus.

If you would like to be tested for the virus, please make a routine blood test appointment and mention “Hep C Screening”.  The result is usually available a week after the blood test is taken. Please phone reception to check the result.

More information is available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hepatitis-C/

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